Lemon Cake (No Baking Powder, No Baking Soda)

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A summer party or a picnic is incomplete without some cake. Agree? What can be better than a perfect spongy, lemony yet sweet and refreshing lemon cake. This Lemon cake without any baking powder or baking soda, is very light and can be assembled within 15 minutes and is definitely a crowd pleaser.

Lemon Cake (No Baking Powder, No Baking Soda)

The key ingredient for the rise of this Lemon cake is egg and there is no replacement of the same for this recipe. I will be sharing a lemon cake without egg, hopefully soon.

This Lemon cake without Leavening Agent, is my new family favorite. I actually never made a lemon cake earlier. As I thought the tangy lemon taste will not be liked by my family. But I was surprised. My family wants more of this Lemon Cake.

My son a hard core chocolate cake lover like me, now loves this lemon cake. And he is correct, lemon cake leaves your palate with a lovely lemony, sweet and a refreshing taste. The tangy and the sweet combination is just awesome and you keep craving for more. You really need to stop yourself from eating too much.

Lemon Cake (No Baking Powder, No Baking Soda)

I was planning the recipes for this cookoutweek 2018, and thought to add this lemon cake to the list. After all summer is just not for diet. Some treats should always be there.

I have adapted this recipe from here. This cake is very simple and is without any baking powder or baking soda and with just a few ingredients. The original recipe calls for Self raising flour which has baking powder and salt added to it. I simply used All purpose flour / Maida without any leavening agent.

The rise in this cake comes from beating the eggs properly. Rest there are just a few ingredients and all in equal proportion. I added vanilla essence too as I do not like the smell of eggs in my cake. You can skip it if required. The real flavour comes from Lemon Zest, the outer rind of lemon. Be sure to take only the yellow part. Do not use the white skin or it will go bitter.

Lemon Cake (No Baking Powder, No Baking Soda)

I have also drizzled this Lemon cake, with a lemon drizzle. That is, a syrup made using lemon and sugar. This cake stays fresh for 4-5 days outside (if cold) or in fridge. I have not freezed this cake, but you definitely can.
Try this cake and I am sure you are going to make this again and again.

Ingredients

For the Lemon Sponge

  • 225 gms Softened Unsalted Butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 225 gms Granulated Sugar (Original recipe called for Castor Sugar, I simply used Granulated)
  • 225 gms All purpose Flour/Maida
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon (Only the yellow part)
  • 1 teaspoon of Pure Vanilla Extract

For the Lemon Drizzle

  • Juice of 1.5 lemons
  • 85 gm of Granulated Sugar (or Castor sugar)

Preparation

  • Preheat the oven to 170C (fan assisted)/180 C normal.
  • Prepare a loaf tin (8 x 21 inch), by greasing it or lining it with grease proof paper.
  • Sift the flour in a bowl.
  • Beat together softened Unsalted Butter and sugar until pale and creamy (3-5 mins).
  • Add eggs one at a time. Slowly beating after each addition.
  • Add in the flour, finely grated lemon zest, Vanilla Essence and mix until combined.
  • Do not over mix.
  • Add the mixture into the prepared loaf pan and level with the back of the spoon.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • While the cake is baking prepare a mix of lemon juice and sugar.
  • In a small bowl add in the sugar and lemon juice.
  • Mix until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Once the cake is baked, remove from the oven and keep it on a wire rack.
  • Immediately poke holes with a toothpick or a skewer.
  • Drizzle the mixture of lemon juice and sugar, while the cake is still hot.
  • The lemon juice will be soaked up.
  • Let the cake cool completely.
  • Once Cooled, dust it with some icing sugar. (Optional)
  • Cut and Serve.

Notes

  • Baking time varies depending on your oven and loaf size.
  • Do keep a close watch on the cake after 40 minutes.
Lemon Cake (No Baking Powder, No Baking Soda)



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Lemon Cake (No Baking Powder, No Baking Soda)
Lemon Cake (No Baking Powder, No Baking Soda)
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 
This Lemon cake without any baking powder or baking soda (i.e. without leavening agent), is very light, spongy, lemony , sweet and Refreshing.
Course: Dessert, Snacks
Cuisine: International
Keyword: Cake, Lemon, No Baking Powder, No Baking Soda, No Leavning Agent
Servings: 1 8*21 inch Loaf
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre
Ingredients
For the Lemon Sponge
  • 225 gms Softened Unsalted Butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 225 gms Granulated Sugar (Original recipe called for Castor Sugar, I simply used Granulated)
  • 225 gms All purpose Flour/Maida
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon (Only the yellow part)
  • 1 teaspoon of Pure Vanilla Extract
For the Lemon Drizzle
  • Juice of 1.5 lemons
  • 85 gm of Granulated Sugar (or Castor sugar)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 170C (fan assisted)/180 C normal.
  2. Prepare a loaf tin (8 x 21 inch), by greasing it or lining it with grease proof paper.
  3. Sift the flour in a bowl.
  4. Beat together softened Unsalted Butter and sugar until pale and creamy (3-5 mins).
  5. Add eggs one at a time. Slowly beating after each addition.
  6. Add in the flour, finely grated lemon zest, Vanilla Essence and mix until combined.
  7. Do not over mix.
  8. Add the mixture into the prepared loaf pan and level with the back of the spoon.
  9. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.
  10. While the cake is baking prepare a mix of lemon juice and sugar.
  11. In a small bowl add in the sugar and lemon juice.
  12. Mix until the sugar is dissolved.
  13. Once the cake is baked, remove from the oven and keep it on a wire rack.
  14. Immediately poke holes with a toothpick or a skewer.
  15. Drizzle the mixture of lemon juice and sugar, while the cake is still hot.
  16. The lemon juice will be soaked up.
  17. Let the cake cool completely.
  18. Once Cooled, dust it with some icing sugar. (Optional)
  19. Cut and Serve.
Recipe Notes
  • Baking time varies depending on your oven and loaf size.
  • Do keep a close watch on the cake after 40 minutes


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